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The Wolf Road

Richard Lambert


28 October 2020









A gripping novel about loss, grief, violence and courage.

When fifteen-year old Lucas survives the car accident that kills his parents, one memory stays with him – of the wolf that caused the crash. Forced to leave his home and live with his Nan in the Lake District, Lucas struggles to adjust to his strange, new world. And when he learns that a wild creature is killing livestock on the mountains, he knows it’s the wolf, that it’s come for him, and that he must face it. But that means confrontation – with Nan, school bullies, the authorities – and it also means going onto the high fells in a hunt that becomes a matter of life and death…

Times, FT and Guardian Best Books of 2020

Winner of the Mal Peet children’s Book Award 2021

Longlisted for the Yoto Carnegie Medal 2022

A writer to watch, Lambert’s award-winning poetic pedigree stands out in the sparse, gut-punch power of his language.

– Guardian

The shift between objective and subjective, the everyday and the eerie, are masterly. Richard Lambert’s debut novel is phenomenally poised, from its shocking opening  till its haunting final pages.

– Financial Times

Compelling debut. Introduces a significant new voice — has something of the shock effect of Piers Torday’s There May Be a Castle and the raw force of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls. 

– Sunday Times

A tale of loss that is also a gripping thriller, a realistic study of grief that skirts the margins of fantasy, it walks wolf-like between worlds and genres. Richard Lambert writes with a poet’s eye; he has created something magical here.

– Jonathan Stroud

One of the most stunning books I’ve read in years. I think it’s superb. An astonishing exploration of grief and love and courage and wildness.

– Hilary McKay

A haunting, involving study of compassion, wildness and family for teens. 

– Literary Review

A passionately told story of loss, pain, growing up and adventure to haunt any reader’s imagination.

– Michèle Roberts

A stunning, special debut about love and loss and how the wildness can save us.

– Chelsey Flood

A smart chilling page-turner that kept me guessing right up to the end

– Hayley Long

Moving, menacing, written with cinematic clarity

– Andrew Cowan

The Wolf Road is a triumph and the spirit of Ted Hughes is never far from the world of this exceptional novel

– Just Imagine

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